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Rockford Christian High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 3rd place

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

10:00 AM





Meet Recap

The RCXC girls headed into the IHSA 1A Sectional Meet hosted by Oregon High School with one single goal: qualify for the 1A State Meet as a team. Ranked as the third team by Dyestat most of the season, the RCXC girls wanted to make a statement following their Regional performance. The sectional course was not welcoming, as cold rain and soft earth slowed the course and finishing times by well over a minute on average. The team, led by the fourth place individual finish of freshman Madison Franseen, took third place as a team. This performance marks only the second time in program history that a girls program has qualified. Further, this is only the third girls team to qualify of any sport in school history.

The second through fourth team finishes we’re only spread by 14 points, giving Seneca (ranked 11th by Dyestat) a second place finish at 131 points, RC third at 139 points, and Elgin (Harvest Christian Academy) fourth at 145 points. This victory was due in large part to the efforts not only of Franseen’s fourth place finish, but the tight finish of the 2-6 position runners. Their 25 second spread pushed many teams’ four and five girls back, giving the Royal Lions a competitive edge.

Of that pack, two standout performances were that of sophomore Andrea Zwonitzer and senior Carolynn Claussen. Zwonitzer and Claussen took 30th and 31st, respectively, with the time of 21:59. Claussen’s aggressive opening miles paired with a fresh and healthy Zwonitzer acted as a solid 2-3 punch for the varsity squad. Right behind the duo was freshman standout Cecily Holliday, finishing 37th with the time of 22:08. Holliday, the third fastest freshman in program history, has been improving all season not only in time, but also in racing tactics.

Closing out the top six were the duo of senior captains Elise Combs and Kate Smith, taking 51st and 53rd, respectively. Finishing at 22:23 and 22:24, these two seniors took their younger counterparts out with a solid pace and great leadership. This duo has not only helped lead the team on the roads and courses all season, but have been excellent spiritual leaders as well, leading the team in prayer and fellowship throughout the season.

Closing out the top seven was senior Stefanie Walsh at 23:30. Walsh, dealing with a minor knee injury during the later portion of the week, refused to give in during the race, giving one of the best final kicks of the day, pushing more teams back with her efforts. Be sure to keep an eye out for Walsh’s finish next weekend at the IHSA 1A State Meet compared to many of her 7th girl counterparts from other schools.

The team will travel to Detweiller Park on Friday November 6 to prepare for the IHSA 1A State Meet on Saturday November 7. Alternate runners Annika Peterson and Anne Harris will compete in an intersquad race on Friday for a shot at a final season PR. The varsity girls will run at 10am on Saturday against a large and talented field pulled from all across the state. The boys will also be competing in the 2A IHSA State Meet following their qualifying effort at the Woodstock Sectional.

Full results can be found here:

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